America's Medicis: The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy

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Harper Collins, Nov 16, 2010 - Art - 448 pages
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From literary polymath Suzanne Loebl (the author of ten books, most recently the acclaimed America’s Art Museums) comes the captivating, first-of-its kind exploration into the philanthropic and cultural legacy of one of America’s wealthiest and most influential families: The Rockefellers. Fueled by John D. Rockefeller’s vast petroleum fortune, the entire family’s terrific passion for the arts transformed the artistic infrastructure of twentieth century America. Funding museums like the MoMA, the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the Oriental Art at the University of Chicago, and commissioning major architectural projects like Rockefeller Center, Riverside Church, and Lincoln Center, the Rockefellers’ achievements forever changed the cultural landscape of the Western world. Loebl’s penetrating biography is the first book to deeply explore the family’s critical role as collectors and patrons of the arts.
 

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Detailed museum catalog of art and architecture with historical notations. For those completely unaware of the Rockefeller's contribution to American culture, Loebl's work would suffice. Be aware, however, it's boring. J.P. Miller. Cambridge, MA

Contents

An Imperial Nest
1
To the Glory of God
15
A Passion for Asia
36
Rockefeller Center
87
MoMA 192939
125
The Cloisters
165
Colonial Williamsburg and the Abby Aldrich
187
MoMA Under Nelson A Rockefellers Stewardship
205
The Nelson A Rockefeller Empire State Mall
271
The Museum of Modern Art
287
The Michael C Rockefeller Wing
307
Smaller Gifts
328
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
347
Acknowledgments
363
Index
401
Copyright

The Rockefeller Collection at the Fine Arts
258

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Suzanne Loebl is a writer living in New York and Maine. She is the author of fourteen books, most recently America’s Art Museums.

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